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21/04/20 COVID-19 Global News Update

21 April 2020

Overview of the latest developments on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Global Business/Economy

Hundreds of Amazon warehouse workers to call in sick in protest over coronavirus safety

Apr 21st, 2020viaThe Guardian - Technology

Hundreds of Amazon warehouse workers across the US will refuse to show up for work this week by calling in sick, marking the largest nationwide protest effort so far against the company’s coronavirus response.

Shopify to offer cash loan advances for small businesses in Canada hit by coronavirus

Apr 20th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

(Reuters) - Shopify Inc (SHOP.TO) said on Monday it would provide cash advances to small businesses in Canada that are struggling due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the global economy.


UK Business/Economy

Coronavirus: Farmers can apply for self-employed scheme

Apr 21st, 2020viaBBC News - UK

The economy minister has confirmed that all eligible farmers can apply for support under a government scheme to help the self employed cope with the fallout from coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Airports 'at risk' of closure as flights drop 90%

Apr 20th, 2020viaBBC Manchester

Some airports are "at risk" of closure because of the loss of business in the coronavirus pandemic, experts have warned.

Coronavirus: Restaurant bosses call for rent holiday

Apr 20th, 2020viaBBC News - Business

High street restaurant bosses have asked the chancellor for a nine-month rent holiday to help them survive the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus: UK government borrowing could top £300bn

Apr 20th, 2020viaCity AM - Business

UK government borrowing could hit £300bn this year as tax receipts collapse and the Treasury pumps money into the economy to tackle the fallout from coronavirus, according to a new report.

Coronavirus: Football must think creatively in response to pandemic, says Fleetwood chairman

Apr 20th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Football in England must think creatively or risk dire consequences, including civil war within clubs, says Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley.

NatWest presses ahead with more job cuts in face of coronavirus crisis

Apr 20th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

LONDON (Reuters) - British state-backed lender NatWest (RBS.L) is pressing ahead with further job cuts, axing more than 30 jobs in its digital ventures arm despite rivals halting redundancies during the coronavirus crisis.

UK firms furlough over a million workers due to coronavirus

Apr 20th, 2020viaReuters UK - UK News

LONDON (Reuters) - British employers have put more than a million staff on temporary leave due to the coronavirus, finance minister Rishi Sunak said, reporting a flood of applications since the government’s costliest programme to support the economy opened.

Coronavirus: Jaguar Land Rover furloughs half of workforce

Apr 20th, 2020viaBBC News - Birmingham & Black Country

About 20,000 Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) workers - half of its staff - have been furloughed because of the pandemic.


General UK News

Coronavirus: Masks for public 'could put NHS supplies at risk'

Apr 21st, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

NHS supplies of face masks could be put at risk if the government starts advising the public to wear them, hospital bosses have warned.

Coronavirus: New working arrangements for MPs as Commons returns

Apr 21st, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

The House of Commons has been trying out its new working arrangements in preparation for MPs' return later.

Coronavirus: UK forces hundreds of scam Covid-19 shops offline

Apr 20th, 2020viaBBC News - Business

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it took down more than 2,000 online coronavirus scams last month.

Coronavirus: Dentists facing 'critical shortage of kit'

Apr 20th, 2020viaBBC - Front Page

Dentists in England are facing "critical shortages" in personal protective equipment (PPE), forcing patients with urgent problems to "take matters into their own hands", says an organisation representing UK dentists.

Coronavirus: Plaid Cymru call for all Commons debates to be digital

Apr 20th, 2020viaBBC - Wales

All Commons debates should be held virtually, Plaid Cymru has said.

GCHQ calls on public to report coronavirus-related phishing emails

Apr 20th, 2020viaThe Guardian - CyberCrime

GCHQ is asking members of the public to report suspicious emails they have received amid a wave of scams and hacking attacks that seek to exploit fear of Covid-19 to enrich cybercriminals.


Global Situation

Australia eases restrictions on elective surgeries after slowing coronavirus spread

Apr 21st, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will relax restrictions on elective surgeries after slowing the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.

Hong Kong extends restrictions to preserve success of coronavirus efforts

Apr 21st, 2020viaReuters UK - Health News

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s government will extend restrictions aimed at tackling the coronavirus for another 14 days to preserve the city’s success in keeping the number of cases down, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday.

WHO warns lifting of coronavirus lockdowns must be gradual

Apr 21st, 2020viaReuters UK - World News

BEIJING (Reuters) - The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that any lifting of lockdowns to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus must be gradual, and if restrictions were to be relaxed too soon, there would be a resurgence of infections.

WHO says currently not possible to determine precise source of coronavirus

Apr 21st, 2020viaReuters UK - Top News

BEIJING (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that it is not possible to determine the precise source of the new coronavirus at this stage.

Coronavirus: Governors ask Trump to call off lockdown protests

Apr 21st, 2020viaBBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

Democratic governors have asked the White House to urge Americans to heed stay-at-home orders amid anti-lockdown protests

IMF's Georgieva fears coronavirus impact on developing countries

Apr 20th, 2020viaReuters UK - Business News

SOFIA (Reuters) - Developing countries may be the hardest hit economically by the coronavirus, International Monetary Fund managing director Kristalina Georgieva said on Monday, adding the IMF stands ready to help.


Official Guidance/Reports

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Letter from the Local Government Minister to councils setting out further details of additional funding

Apr 20th, 2020viaGov.UK - Government - Announcements

The letter thanks councils again for their efforts responding to the coronavirus pandemic and provides further details on the support the government is providing.

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